April's OpenStack Summit was a huge showcase for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud computing solutions, and included a fair amount of discussion about integration between the OpenStack cloud computing platform and the Hadoop data crunching tool. Show More Summary
There's a great website called http://whoownsmyavailability.com that serves as a reminder to me (and all of us) that external dependencies are, in fact, external. As such, they are calculated risks with tradeoffs. CDNs are great, but for those minutes or hours that they go down a year, they can be super annoying. Show More Summary
Who's Hiring? Want to build scalable systems that power the world's largest music streaming service? Spotify is looking for engineers for our backend infrastructure team. Apply now. At Evernote our vision is to help the world remember everything. Show More Summary
The Internet Archive is on a mission to archive the web. All of it. Filmmaker Jonathan Minard's documentary, Internet Archive, takes a behind the scenes look at how (and why) the Internet Archive's efforts are preserving the web as we know it.
The web is built of links, of pages linking to other resources on the internet. But making those links manually is tedious. This is another area where modern inline editors could do better. Yesterday on Hacker News, there was a thread about Wikidata, Wikimedia Foundation's new knowledge base. Show More Summary
More and more Oracle is looking like the place where good software goes to die a slow and lonely death. Sure, Oracle is still developing MySQL, but who’s there to work on it anymore? Since the best and brightest tend to leave OracleShow More Summary
Continuing with the 100 Things You Must Know to Be Effective In Software Development. For the last several years I have been claiming that the Agile Community has been a bit myopic on the team. I'm not questioning whether the team was a good place to start Agile - it's what we did. Show More Summary
I have a new primary laptop and it's the Lenovo X1 Carbon Touch. It's an Intel Core i7 3667U running at 2 GHz. I got 8 GB of RAM and a 240 GB SSD. The integrated graphics are the Intel HD Graphics 4000 running a 14 Inch screen. It also has Bluetooth 4.0 (nice!) as well as Intel a/b/g/n WiFi. Show More Summary
It was a busy day at Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo 2013. After the regular sessions, there were the traditional MySQL Community Awards, and two entities close to me were among the winners. My company, Continuent won the ward...Show More Summary
I talked about Pinching pennies when scaling in The Cloud last week when I added jQuery lazy loading to my podcast's Website. Next, I moved my website to the same data center as my SQL Database (in fact, they should have always been together!). Show More Summary
My family has a disproportionate love of Superman and I never quite understood why until recently. When I say disproportionate love, I mean manic crazy love. My sister took a tape recorder into Superman II, recorded the whole damned thing,...
I talked about Pinching pennies when scaling in The Cloud last week when I added jQuery lazy loading to my podcast's Website. I wanted to avoid paying any unnecessary bandwidth costs. The result was great and I'll be under my bandwidth this month. Show More Summary
Mozilla's new TowTruck project brings real-time collaboration and authoring to any website. Aimed at web development newcomers, TowTruck offers a way to co-edit and teach web development using nothing more than a web browser.
I have a "whenever I get around to doing it" Newsletter of Wonderful Things. Why a newsletter? I dunno. It seems more personal somehow. Fight me. You can view all the previous newsletters here. You can sign up here Newsletter of Wonderful Things or just wait and get them later on the blog, which hopefully you have subscribed to. Show More Summary
Hey, it's HighScalability time: (Ukrainian daredevil scaling buildings) 877,000 TPS: Erlang and VoltDB. Quotable Quotes: Hendrik Volkmer: Complexity + Scale => Reduced Reliability + Increased Chance of catastrophic failures @TheRealHirsty:...Show More Summary
When we are surrounded by glowing screens wherever we go, what does it take to create believable and yet attractive computer interfaces for big-budget movie productions? In this conversation Shaun Yue talks about realism in representing the human-computer interaction in “Skyfall” and “Prometheus”, what does it take to place hundreds of live monitors on the [...]Show More Summary
I have a "whenever I get around to doing it" Newsletter of Wonderful Things. Why a newsletter? I dunno. It seems more personal somehow. Fight me. Still, it's one more site to check and it's a hassle for some of you Dear Readers. Therefore, I will still do the newsletter, but I'll post each newsletter to the blog some weeks later. Show More Summary
Khan Academy is a non profit company started by Salman Khan with the Big Hairy Audacious Goal of providing a free, world class education to anyone, anywhere, anytime. That’s a lot of knowledge. Having long been inspired and captivated by the Khan Academy, I was really curious to know how they plan to do it. Show More Summary
I'm a rookie when it comes to listening to music, and chances are, so are you. Like me, you're just fine using whatever headphones were supplied with your smartphone. You know there are better headphones out there, but you think,...
Bloggers note: I feel compelled to mention that this blog is not at all an attack on Scrum. At Net Objectives, Scrum, within the context of Lean-flow, is a popular method we espouse along with Kanban. This is an attack against theShow More Summary